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Minnesota Woman Understands Elizabeth's Actions

Minnesota Woman Understands Elizabeth's Actions

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(Undated-AP) -- Although some people may wonder why Elizabeth Smart didn't do more to escape from her kidnappers, Jessyca Mullenberg says she understands.

Mullenberg was abducted in 1995 in Wisconsin by a friend's father when she was 13. She was missing for three-and-a-half months before she was found in Texas.

She tells the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that it's not so simple to just run away in that situation -- especially for a young girl.

She says she was told every day by her captor that her parents didn't love her -- and she suspects the same thing may have been done to Elizabeth Smart.

Mullenerg is 20 now, and she's studying law enforcement at college in Wisconsin Rapids. But she says reminders of her ordeal keep popping up to this day.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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